History DeconstructedTrope / Literature

3rd Apr '18 6:55:16 PM nombretomado
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* GoneWithTheWind deconstructs the SouthernBelle and SouthernGentleman archetypes in the winning form of Scarlett O'Hara and Ashley Wilkes. Scarlett is more or less trained not to care about people, and merely become a pretty doll devoid of personal wishes or emotion that is supposed to attract husbands. Ashley has nothing of the vices of his trope, but also has no practical virtues. After the war, Scarlett will adapt and Ashley will become useless.

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* GoneWithTheWind ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'' deconstructs the SouthernBelle and SouthernGentleman archetypes in the winning form of Scarlett O'Hara and Ashley Wilkes. Scarlett is more or less trained not to care about people, and merely become a pretty doll devoid of personal wishes or emotion that is supposed to attract husbands. Ashley has nothing of the vices of his trope, but also has no practical virtues. After the war, Scarlett will adapt and Ashley will become useless.
14th Mar '18 8:57:44 PM weakbutskilled
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** ''Atlas Shrugged'' is the story of an everyman refusing to submit to an evil corporation. ''Literature/TheFountainhead'' is the story of a corporate head refusing to submit to the people. Which is supposed to be the correct version, we may never know.

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** ''Atlas Shrugged'' ''Literature/TheFountainhead'' is the story of an everyman refusing to submit to an evil corporation. ''Literature/TheFountainhead'' ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' is the story of a corporate head refusing to submit to the people. Which is supposed to be the correct version, we may never know.
1st Jan '18 12:25:51 PM MsZephy7
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* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' deconstructs GoldDigger. The Bennet sisters are greatly pressured by their mother to find a wealthy husband so that they can live comfortably after their father dies. The oldest daughter Jane genuinely falls in love with a rich man Mr Bingley but due to her snobbish mother's efforts and the fact that Jane is a LoveYouAndEverybody kind of person, Mr Bingley's friend Mr Darcy mistakenly believes that Jane is a GoldDigger and doesn't actually love Mr Bingley.
** The second oldest daughter Elizabeth recognizes how destructive the GoldDigger mindset is. But she eventually comes to a compromise. She won't marry a poor man but she would only marry a rich man ''if she falls in love with him''. Her intentions are genuine when she actually shies away from the rich but snobbish Mr Darcy. It takes several events, including a polite trip to his beautiful estate and hearing how his servants [[NiceToTheWaiter heap praises about him]] and [[spoiler: saving her family from eternal disgrace]] to make Elizabeth to consider letting him court her.
28th Oct '17 1:51:57 PM darkemyst
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** A deconstruction of a lighter shade comes with Luna Lovegood's CloudCuckoolander tendencies, which have left her an easy target of teasing and ridicule amongst the other students. (In example, she tells Harry that the Ravenclaw kids prank her by hiding her stuff and forcing her to search for it all alone). Consequently, Ginny Weasley had been pretty much ''her OnlyFriend'' at Hogwarts until her 4th year at the school... However, neither of these facts bothered her significantly, and she does what she can to live her life at the fullest.
*** It is also heavily implied that behavior (and that's of her father's) is [[StepfordSmiler a coping mechanism for her mother's death.]]

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** A deconstruction of a lighter shade comes with Luna Lovegood's CloudCuckoolander tendencies, which have left her an easy target of teasing and ridicule amongst the other students. (In example, she tells Harry that the Ravenclaw kids prank her by hiding her stuff and forcing her to search for it all alone). Consequently, Ginny Weasley had been pretty much ''her OnlyFriend'' at Hogwarts until her [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix 4th year year]] at the school... However, neither of these facts bothered her significantly, and she does what she can to live her life at the fullest.
*** It is also heavily implied that behavior (and that's that of her father's) is [[StepfordSmiler a coping mechanism for her mother's death.]]



*** Voldemort's side truly Deconstructs the BadBoss and YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness. He is so obsessed with punishing his underling who he considers weak that the first time he fell from power, they immediately disowned any association with him. During the final battle, his Death Eaters started to outright ''abandon'' him while those loyal to Harry continued to fight on despite several major characters dying. [[spoiler: The death of Bellatrix, his only remaining loyal underling, caused Voldemort to lose his collective shit.]]

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*** Voldemort's side truly Deconstructs the BadBoss and YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness. He is so obsessed with punishing his underling underlings who he considers weak that the first time he fell from power, they most of them immediately disowned any association with him. During the final battle, battle in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', his Death Eaters started to outright ''abandon'' him while those loyal to Harry continued to fight on despite several major characters dying. [[spoiler: The death of Bellatrix, his only remaining loyal underling, caused Voldemort to lose his collective shit.]]
7th Aug '17 5:24:25 PM MagBas
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* ''Literature/TheRedBadgeOfCourage'' deconstructs the idea that WarIsGlorious. When it's not boring and monotonous, [[WarIsHell it's absolutely horrific]].
7th Aug '17 5:10:44 PM MagBas
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** Before ''Don Quixote'', there was Ariosto's ''Orlando Furioso'', whose intense [[LoveMakesYouEvil love]] for Angelica basically turned him into TheIncredibleHulk after he finds out that she's a normal, human woman who's had a fling with a shepherd, and not a virginal PrincessClassic.

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** Before ''Don Quixote'', there was Ariosto's ''Orlando Furioso'', ''OrlandoFurioso'', whose intense [[LoveMakesYouEvil love]] for Angelica basically turned him into TheIncredibleHulk after he finds out that she's a normal, human woman who's had a fling with a shepherd, and not a virginal PrincessClassic.
13th Apr '17 2:32:34 PM MagBas
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** It also had some fairly lengthy deconstructions of AlwaysChaoticEvil, basically arguing that any species you could call "sentient" must have the potential to choose good or evil.



*** TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin: The Animorphs do manage to save Earth, but one of the most important elements of the story is that they're massively outgunned and out of their league. They're only rarely successful in their missions. One of the major messages of the series is that, despite idealistic platitudes, victory ultimately goes to those who are ruthless and desperate enough to take the most extreme measures, not to the morally superior. While the Animorphs ''do'' succeed, it comes at a steep price and the loss of their innocence.
*** TheHero: Much of the series focuses on the concept of the hero, questioning whether there really can be such a thing in a war. While initially, the protagonists believed that they had the moral high ground and were doing the right thing, over time, that belief that they were doing the right thing faded away, replaced with the conviction that they were doing what was necessary. By the end of the series, none of them could really be considered heroes anymore.



* Fëanor from ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' seems a deconstruction of TheAce and TheCharmer. He's the oldest son of Finwë, High King of the Noldor, and considered the greatest [[OurElvesAreBetter elf]] to have ever lived, a great warrior, skilled at craft, good-looking, charismatic, and has seven sons. However he's vain, arrogant, incredibly possessive of the three Silmarils he crafts, and is exiled when he threatens his half-brother. After his father's death he convinces most of the Noldor Elves to follow him to Middle-Earth to reclaim his jewels, and with his seven sons takes an oath to regain the Silmarils. This leads the Noldor into the kinslaying where Elf first slays Elf and Fëanor dying shortly after reaching Middle-Earth when he rushes straight on Angband. Meanwhile his actions leave the Noldor cursed for centuries and cause the deaths of six of his sons, with the survivor forced to remain in Middle-Earth.
10th Mar '17 2:53:13 PM Ilya_Rysenkov
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*** It is also heavily implied that behavior (and that's of her father's) is [[StepfordSmiler a coping mechanism for her mother's death.]]
16th Nov '16 1:13:49 PM Furienna
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' deconstructs the IndyPloy methods so much favored by Harry and other heroes flying by the seat of their pants. But Harry's 'throw plans together within a seconds notice' and 'survive now and deal later' mindset screw him over multiple times, such as when he goes to Bianca's party in the third book and starts the Vampire War, or in ''Changes'' when he [[spoiler: wiped out the entire Red Court of Vampires, winning the war -- and opening up a massive power vaccuum that is throwing the world into such chaos that even the mortals are beginning to take notice]].

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' deconstructs the IndyPloy methods so much favored by Harry and other heroes flying by the seat of their pants. But Harry's 'throw plans together within a seconds notice' and 'survive now and deal later' mindset screw him over multiple times, such as when he goes to Bianca's party in the third book and starts the Vampire War, or in ''Changes'' when he [[spoiler: wiped out the entire Red Court of Vampires, winning the war -- - and opening up a massive power vaccuum that is throwing the world into such chaos that even the mortals are beginning to take notice]].



* ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' deconstructs AllGirlsWantBadBoys, by showing exactly what happens when girls fall in love with troubled, angry men. Heathcliff is a 'bad boy', and Bronte shows exactly what this means; he's unstable, vindictive, violent, selfish and vicious. The relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine is depicted as being intensely passionate, but also intensely unhealthy (not least because they [[IncestIsRelative may]] or [[NotBloodSiblings may not]] actually be [[BrotherSisterIncest brother and sister]]), and Heathcliff's response to being spurned for another man is to embark on a single-minded crusade of vengeance that ultimately results in the ruination of both lovers and their immediate families for absolutely no point whatsoever. As if this wasn't enough to illustrate the point, Edgar Linton's foolish sister Isabella elopes with Heathcliff because she's attracted to his bad-boy image. She gets what she wants, but not in the way she expects; an abusive husband who is openly contemptuous and violent towards her, and makes no secret of the fact that he only married her to get at her brother. This hasn't stopped a MisaimedFandom growing around Heathcliff, however, who even to this day is considered a model of a romantic hero despite the fact that he's pretty much a sociopath -- something that Bronte intended to make absolutely clear.

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* ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' deconstructs AllGirlsWantBadBoys, by showing exactly what happens when girls fall in love with troubled, angry men. Heathcliff is a 'bad boy', and Bronte shows exactly what this means; he's unstable, vindictive, violent, selfish and vicious. The relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine is depicted as being intensely passionate, but also intensely unhealthy (not least because they [[IncestIsRelative may]] or [[NotBloodSiblings may not]] actually be [[BrotherSisterIncest brother and sister]]), and Heathcliff's response to being spurned for another man is to embark on a single-minded crusade of vengeance that ultimately results in the ruination of both lovers and their immediate families for absolutely no point whatsoever. As if this wasn't enough to illustrate the point, Edgar Linton's foolish sister Isabella elopes with Heathcliff because she's attracted to his bad-boy image. She gets what she wants, but not in the way she expects; an abusive husband who is openly contemptuous and violent towards her, and makes no secret of the fact that he only married her to get at her brother. This hasn't stopped a MisaimedFandom growing around Heathcliff, however, who even to this day is considered a model of a romantic hero despite the fact that he's pretty much a sociopath -- - something that Bronte intended to make absolutely clear.
6th Nov '16 4:07:44 PM dlchen145
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* ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' is a deconstruction of DracoInLeatherPants in its portrayal of {{Satan}}. He starts out all BadAss and charismatic, but as we get to know him more and more, he see that he's a whiny, self-pitying bully who bows to peer pressure from the other demons, [[ParentalIncest bangs his own daughter]] and arguably isn't even all that badass when compared to, say, [[TheCape Michael]] or KungFuJesus. The intention was to make the reader acknowledge that they felt the allure of sin but also that it leads nowhere good. However, he is for the most part still portrayed sympathetically enough, to the point that actually seeing him as living up to those traits isn't that far off, if he wasn't immersed in a sea of {{Wangst}}.

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* ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' is a deconstruction of DracoInLeatherPants in its portrayal of {{Satan}}. He starts out all BadAss badass and charismatic, but as we get to know him more and more, he see that he's a whiny, self-pitying bully who bows to peer pressure from the other demons, [[ParentalIncest bangs his own daughter]] and arguably isn't even all that badass when compared to, say, [[TheCape Michael]] or KungFuJesus. The intention was to make the reader acknowledge that they felt the allure of sin but also that it leads nowhere good. However, he is for the most part still portrayed sympathetically enough, to the point that actually seeing him as living up to those traits isn't that far off, if he wasn't immersed in a sea of {{Wangst}}.
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